Member dues are $55+HST per month, and are due on the 25th of the preceding month. As a reminder, invoices are sent out by email on the 10th of the preceding month, with NET15 terms. This means that on December 10, you will receive an invoice for $62.15, that is due on December 25, covering January’s dues.
To simplify our accounting we currently only accept online payments. The easiest option is to set up automatic monthly electronic payments for your dues ($62.15 per month), which can be done through PayPal or automatic bank transfer:
PayPal is easiest, just click this button:
Please note that PayPal doesn’t let you adjust the date that a monthly subscription gets processed. Your payment will go through each month on the date that you first submitted the form. So you may want to wait until somewhere around the 20th, before setting that up.
AUTOMATIC BANK TRANSFER
Many banks will set up a recurring transfer transaction to another bank account. This requires you go in and talk to a teller in person. If you want to set this up, please contact our Treasurer (treasurer (at) kwartzlab.ca) for our bank account details.
We will also accept online payments via INTERAC E-Transfer to: accounts (at) kwartzlab.ca
CASH AND CHEQUE
We do not accept cash. You can pay by cheque for a year in advance.
If you have any questions about payment methods please contact “treasurer (at) kwartzlab.ca”.
What do Dues Cover?
Your dues cover all of Kwartzlab’s operating expenses. This includes our rent, property & liability insurance, hydro & utilities, internet services, space improvements, cleaning supplies, tool maintenance, etc. A full breakdown of these expenses is available from our Treasurer at any time.
Generally speaking, member dues do not cover the purchase of new tools. Instead, we typically finance these through donations (including member donations in the form of a “group buy”) and grant money.
What if I Can’t Pay?
Any number of things can impact a member’s ability to pay dues. If this happens, please talk to the Board of Directors (bod (at) kwartzlab.ca) right away. While all active members are responsible for dues each month, we would prefer to not have you become indebted to us if you genuinely can’t pay. In many cases, we’ll suggest that you go on hiatus for a few months, until your fortunes turn around. While on hiatus, you’ll be able to remain a part of the larger Kwartzlab community, and still visit the space as a guest of other members or during open events. Your account must be up to date, in order to apply for hiatus, so it is important that you do this *before* your account falls into arrears.
If your account does fall into arrears, a statement will be sent out by email on the 26th of the month. If your account becomes more than 2 months overdue, a paper statement will be sent to the postal address we have on file for you. After 3 months, the Board will unfortunately have to consider whether or not to terminate your membership. In the unfortunate circumstance that your membership is terminated, you will need to bring it back up to date before the Board will consider your re-application.